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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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abundant
4 uses
the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance.
abundance = great quantities
DefinitionGenerally abundant means:
present in great quantity
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anecdote
1 use
He would delight them equally by his anecdotes of witchcraft, and...
anecdotes = short, true stories
DefinitionGenerally anecdote means:
a short story that is true — often told for amusement or to make a point
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appalling
4 uses
How often was he appalled by some shrub covered with snow, which, like a sheeted specter, beset his very path!
appalled = horrified (causing strong feelings of disapproval)
DefinitionGenerally appalling means:
shockingly terrible or horrible
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capricious
2 uses
they fluttered, chirping and frolicking from bush to bush, and tree to tree, capricious from the very profusion and variety around them.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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cleave
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
cleave through
the goblin was hard on his haunches; and (unskilful rider that he was!) he had much ado to maintain his seat; sometimes slipping on one side, sometimes on another, and sometimes jolted on the high ridge of his horse's backbone, with a violence that he verily feared would cleave him asunder.
cleave = to split something — especially with violent force

(editor's note:  Asunder is a synonym for apart.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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contend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She contended with it
Such was the formidable rival with whom Ichabod Crane had to contend,
contend = struggle or compete
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to struggle
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
He was broad-shouldered and double-jointed, with short curly black hair, and a bluff but not unpleasant countenance, having a mingled air of fun and arrogance.
countenance = face or facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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dexterity
1 use
He was famed for great knowledge and skill in horsemanship, being as dexterous on horseback as a Tartar.
dexterous = skillful

(editor's note:  Tartars were central Asian people noted for their horseback riding ability which was instrumental in, for example, Genghis Khan's success at conquering much of Asia and eastern Europe in the early 13th century.)
DefinitionGenerally dexterity means:
adroitness (skill) — with the hands or mind
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diligent
2 uses
The stories ... were called to mind; and when they had diligently considered them all ... they ... came to the conclusion
diligently = carefully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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discriminate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discriminating taste
he administered justice with discrimination rather than severity;
discrimination = recognition of differences — especially fine distinctions

(editor's note:  This is a common meaning for discrimination, but less common than the more typical meaning that indicates that some people are treated unfairly due to race, religion or gender.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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disdain
1 use
lay sprawling on his back, in a side dish, with uplifted claws, as if craving that quarter which his chivalrous spirit disdained to ask while living.
disdained = rejected as beneath him

(editor's note: quarter in this sense is a synonym for mercy)
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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doleful
1 use
The common people regarded it with a mixture of respect and superstition ... partly from the tales of strange sights, and doleful lamentations,
doleful = sad
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Dutch
12 uses
Such heaped up platters of cakes of various and almost indescribable kinds, known only to experienced Dutch housewives!
Dutch = the people of the Netherlands
DefinitionGenerally Dutch means:
the people of the Netherlands (including Holland); or relating to them (including the name of their language)
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indulgent
2 uses
Balt Van Tassel was an easy indulgent soul; he loved his daughter ... and, like a reasonable man and an excellent father, let her have her way in everything.
indulgent = extremely kind and lenient
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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innovate
1 use
Buxom lasses, almost as antiquated as their mothers, excepting where a straw hat, a fine ribbon, or perhaps a white frock, gave symptoms of city innovation.
innovation = change made by the introduction of something new

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally innovate means:
bring something new to an environment
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intractable
1 use
for he held a tractable, well-broken horse as unworthy of a lad of spirit.
tractable = easily managed
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult
in various senses, including:
  • of problems or disease — difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals — difficult to manage or control
  • of materials — difficult to manipulate
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pervasive
1 use
A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere.
pervade = spread throughout
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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recollect
4 uses
All the stories of ghosts and goblins that he had heard in the afternoon now came crowding upon his recollection.
recollection = memory

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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speculate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
The mysterious event caused much speculation at the church on the following Sunday.
speculation = guessing and theorizing

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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whimsical
1 use
Ichabod became the object of whimsical persecution to Bones and his gang of rough riders.
whimsical = determined by impulse rather than by reason
DefinitionGenerally whimsical means:
playful, amusing, or impulsive rather than seriously rational
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